Hello I'm Abi
Abi is passionate about all things equestrian. She is a dressage rider, instructor, blogger, and equestrian marketing specialist.
Abi is a USDF Bronze and Silver medalist. She currently sits as the Vice President of Dressage for The Georgia Dressage and Combined Training Association. She looks forward to taking the first steps towards judging by participating in the USDF L Program in 2021-2022.
Abi is a graduate of Florida Atlantic University with a degree in Marketing focused on Blogging and Digital Advertising. She now lives in the north suburbs of Atlanta, Georgia, on a picturesque farm with her husband and their two daughters. Besides pursuing her passion for riding, teaching, and blogging, Abi works with her husband Todd at the Kroupa Team Real Estate selling homes and farms in Metro Atlanta communities.
Abi has vast experience competing in multiple equestrian disciplines throughout her life, including dressage, showjumping, hunters, equitation, and AQHA all-around (including western dressage, horsemanship, reining, and trail). She has qualified for USDF Regional Championships in 2019, 2020, and 2021. Most recently, in the 2021 FEI Open Prix St. Georges with her own Holsteiner Gelding, Clarity. In her 20s, she has multiple Grand and Reserve Champion wins at the Winter Equestrian Festival in 1.20M+ jumper classes. As a youth, she was ranked 8th in the world in AQHA on her quarter horse mare, Mocha, in show jumping. During college, she groomed and worked as a working student for multiple Grand Prix trainers in both Dressage and Show Jumping, including Kath Von Ertfelda, Charlie Porter, and Eduardo Salas.
When it comes to riding, Abi has a systematic “building blocks” approach that brings out the best in each horse. She teaches the cornerstones of dressage to every horse and focuses on correct basics, balance and straightness, responsiveness to the aids, elastic gaits, and harmonious communication between horse and rider.
When it comes to teaching, Abi is a sincere and sensitive educator who teaches classical dressage principles to her students through a combination of riding theory, demonstration, and gymnastic exercise. She simplifies the Dressage Training Scale, and breaks it down into easy-to-understand steps that set each horse and rider up for success.
Most importantly, Abi feels so blessed that she can share her passion for horses with her family!
Behind The Blog
Abi also loves writing about horse-related topics such as the life at the barn, equestrian products, horse health & wellness, rider health, and training tips. Anytime a new issue in training or health popped up with her equine partners, she would spend weeks or months researching the best solutions. In 2020 she finally decided to share her findings in one place - Erudite Equestrian Blog - for other equestrians to also enjoy.
Erudite Equestrian is an educational, lifestyle horse blog for the everyday equestrian. The goal is to inspire you with words, ideas, and knowledge. This blog is dedicated to horse people and their beloved equines. My mission is to help horse owners and enthusiasts learn and get connected with information regarding everything horses, horse care, horse & rider health, training, DIY tips, product reviews, trainer spotlights, events & news in the horse world, and much more. I love featuring like-minded professionals and equestrian companies on my blog and connecting them with equestrian enthusiasts.
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